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OSCOLA Referencing Style

OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) is the referencing style used by the School of Law at the University of Dundee.  The OSCOLA style of referencing is unique to legal disciplines and utilises a footnote system, rather than including citations in the body of the text.  It has been designed to allow for the clear identification of legal materials, which can take the form of a variety of primary sources (for example cases and legislation) and secondary sources (for example textbooks, journal articles and websites).

This LibGuide will provide you with links to a number of resources which will help you understand the rules and format of OSCOLA referencing.  You can also refer back to these resources when writing if you need to check the referencing protocol for a specific resource type.


The following guides provide information on how to reference using OSCOLA, including examples.

Cite them Right

For more help with referencing check out the online resource Cite Them Right Online, which provides advice, tutorials and examples of how to reference correctly.

OSCOLA Training Resources

Reference Management Software

There are a number of different reference management software options available to help you collect, store and organise your references including:

Free versions are available for all of these reference management softwares, however the University of Dundee supports the full version of EndNote and can provide you with a licence key to download this to your computer.  See our website for more information.

The Library provides regular training sessions on using EndNote and have provided information on how to get started in our EndNote LibGuide:

If using EndNote with the OSCOLA referencing style there are a number of manual edits which need to be made to references as EndNote cannot automate certain functions such as different formatting in footnotes vs bibliography, abbreviating subsequent citations, and adding legal-specific sources such as legislation and cases.  The below resources will help you to make this adjustments however:

  • Using OSCOLA with EndNote 20 - YouTube Playlist